Jammin’ the blues – Marie Bryant’s exit from a Russian kick into swivels
Ok so it’s not exactly a variation but I can’t stop watching this clip, Jammin’ the blues:
Look at how Marie Bryant goes straight from a Russian kick into swivels around 6.50. It’s not exactly the most ladylike of moves and definitely wouldn’t suit the current vogue for dancing in tight straight skirts but I think it’s got a wonderful flow and looks incredibly powerful. I couldn’t immediately find a clip of a modern dancer’s exit from this move but I don’t remember seeing anything like this – perhaps it’s just the camera angle that makes this move catch my eye? I just love the way she drops into her swivels.
I really must read more about Katherine Dunham and the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, she sounds like an amazing woman!